Monday, 17 April 2017

NHL - Hawks - Round Up - March 21-23, 2017

Vancouver Canucks @ Hawks 5-4 OT- Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The Chicago Blackhawks rallied from down three goals in the third period, but Daniel Sedin scored on the power play 2:12 into overtime to give the Vancouver Canucks a 5-4 win at United Center. Sedin, who assisted on a goal by Henrik Sedin in the first period, scored with a wrist shot through a screen by his brother. The NHL Situation Room reviewed the goal for possible interference by Henrik Sedin on goalie Scott Darling, but the call on the ice was upheld. Brandon Sutter scored twice, Reid Boucher had a goal, and Ryan Miller made 40 saves for the Canucks (29-34-9), who ended a six-game losing streak (0-4-2) despite being outshot 44-15. Ryan Hartman scored two goals for the Blackhawks (47-20-6), who had a five-game winning streak end, are six points ahead of the Minnesota Wild for first place in the Central Division and Western Conference. Corey Crawford made six saves on 10 shots and was replaced by Darling after Sutter's second goal at 2:15 of the third period gave Vancouver a 4-1 lead. Darling had four saves. Chicago forced overtime with three straight goals by Marian Hossa at 5:48, Richard Panik at 8:10 and Hartman at 18:57 with Darling pulled for an extra attacker. John Hayden appeared to tie it 4-4 with 3:42 left, but the goal was overturned after Desjardins challenged and video review showed Richard Panik was offside entering the Canucks zone. It was the second straight game the Blackhawks rallied when trailing by multiple goals in the third period. They scored five goals in the third to defeat the Colorado Avalanche 6-3 on Sunday. Henrik Sedin scored with one minute left in the first period to give the Canucks a 1-0 lead. Sutter scored his first of the game at 1:33 of the second to make it 2-0, but Hartman's power-play goal pulled Chicago within 2-1. Boucher's goal at 7:45 of the second made it 3-1.

* Daniel Sedin scored 40 seconds after Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews was called for his second interference penalty of the game. Sedin carried the puck to the high slot for a long wrist shot that sailed through traffic to win it for the Canucks.
* Canucks center Bo Horvat had two hits, three blocked shots and a takeaway in 19:21.
* Hartman scored his second goal off a nice play by Patrick Kane, who got the puck off the wall on the right wing in the Vancouver zone. Kane headed for the net and sent a backhand pass to the rookie for his 18th goal. "I knew it was coming," Hartman said. "He makes plays like that. He's a special player and he put it right on my tape."
* Hossa played his 1,300th NHL game after missing the previous two with a lower-body injury. … The Blackhawks lost for the first time when scoring four goals (15-0-1). … Vancouver forward Brendan Gaunce (hand) and goalie Jacob Markstrom (illness) didn't make the trip.
"We know in any situation, no matter how much time is on the clock and how much we're down by, we can always make a push back, get the momentum and get the fans behind us, especially at home. We can make a big push and do what we did tonight and the other night." Hartman said.
"I thought we made a good attempt in a real good third period, but when you look at what we gave up, you do that, you'll win more than 90 percent of your games." Joel Quenneville said.

Stars @ Hawks 2-3 SO - Thursday, March 23, 2017

The Chicago Blackhawks extended their Central Division lead with a 3-2 shootout win against the Dallas Stars at United Center. Corey Crawford tied his season high with 42 saves, and Patrick Kane and Artemi Panarin scored in the shootout for Chicago (48-20-6), which leads the second-place Minnesota Wild by eight points in the division and Western Conference. Minnesota lost 3-1 to the Philadelphia Flyers. Chicago stayed two points behind the Washington Capitals for first place in the NHL. The Capitals defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets 2-1 in a shootout. Crawford, who was pulled in the third period of a 5-4 overtime loss to the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday, rebounded with his third game with 40 or more saves in March. He made 13 saves in the first period, 13 in the second, 10 in the third and six in overtime, allowing a goal by Ales Hemsky in the second and in the third. Crawford's work in overtime included a save on a breakaway by Stars forward Remi Elie and three straight stops against Jamie Benn with 1:34 left. He also made saves in the final minute against former Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp and defenseman John Klingberg. Kane and Marian Hossa scored for Chicago, which swept the season series (5-0-0). Kane gave the Blackhawks a 1-0 lead 8:13 into the first period. Hemsky tied it 1-1 at 12:26 of the second. Hossa gave Chicago a 2-1 lead at 8:37 of the third period with a slap shot, but Hemsky tied it again, 2-2, at 14:51. In the shootout, Tyler Seguin gave the Stars a 1-0 lead with a goal off a wrist shot in the bottom of the first round. Kane tied it in the top of the second, and Panarin put the Blackhawks ahead 2-1 with his goal to start the third. Hemsky was unable to extend the shootout in the bottom of the third.

* Kane's goal was sparked by Richard Panik, who created a 2-on-1 rush by tapping the puck to Kane entering the Stars zone. Kane's wrist shot from the left faceoff circle beat Lehtonen between the blocker and right pad.
* Elie stripped the puck from Hossa at the Blackhawks blue line in overtime and raced down the ice for a breakaway. Crawford used his right pad to stop Elie's wrist shot with 1:16 left.
* Dallas forward Jason Spezza (back spasms) didn't make the trip, missing his second straight game. … Blackhawks defenseman Johnny Oduya faced the Stars for the first time since they traded him back to Chicago on Feb. 28. … Panarin has scored on 4 of 5 shootout attempts this season. … Kane has 81 points (33 goals, 48 assists), tied for second with Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins in the NHL scoring race behind Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers (87 points).
"The division is where we're concentrating on, and we'll see what happens outside of that. That's our focus. I know we had a fortunate point number in this homestand here, but I think our concern is let's get our play back to that pace we had for a big stretch."
"Real good response. There [weren't] many positives tonight, but that certainly was one of them [along with] the score and the shootout." Joel Quenneville said.
"[Crawford] played amazing tonight. He's the reason we won the game and hats off to him. He's done that a lot this year." Patrick Kane
"I tried something new today [his approach against Kane and Panarin in the shootout.]. Last couple times, I've had a hard time with Kane, and my new thing didn't work this time either. I need to come up with something else again. Those guys, they have lots of different moves. You just try to pick one that they might be doing. Today, I got fooled a couple times." Lehtonen said

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